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NASA Global Climate Change
An informative, interactive website on global climate change from NASA. Site includes information such as key indicators of climate change, causes, effects, as well as activities for kids and education resources for teachers. Students can also view Eyes on the Earth 3D, a fantastic visualization of the paths of the NASA satellites.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public

EPA Climate Change Site
Extensive website discussing all aspects of climate change. Discover what climate change is, what the greenhouse gases are and how much we emit, what the potential future impacts are, and what is being done to correct the problem. Site features public, educator, student, and kid resources. Explore how climate change and sea level rise will affect your state, as well as learn what you can do to help.
Grade Level: General public, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

USGS: Climate and Land Use Change
Much of the constant change on Earth is in part due to natural cycles. Human activity, however, can also cause environmental changes. It covers four themes: time, change, natural cycles, and the Earth as home. Includes a two-sided color poster, teacher's instructions, and three activities. Each activity includes background material, an experiment, three lesson plans, and suggestions for further reading.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school

Visualizing Changes in the Great Lakes
In this activity, students will construct a web of things that may increase or decrease as a result of a changing climate. After completing this activity, students will be able to: List and explain many potential impacts of climate change In this Great Lakes-focused activity, students will construct a web of things that may increase or decrease as a result of a changing climate. After completing this activity, students will be able to list and explain potential impacts of climate change.
Grade Level: Middle school, Upper elementary

Ocean surface topography from space (TOPEX/Poseidon Missions)
Joint US and France project, the TOPEX-Poseidon satellites continuously measures sea surface height. Oceans store and transport solar heat, helping to keep Earth's climate in balance. The overall shape of the oceans' "hills" and "valleys" is called ocean surface topography, or OST. Precise knowledge of OST is essential to predict the effects of catastrophic storms. Educational resources available for all ages and backgrounds. Outstanding animation of OTS also included.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, General public

CERES S'COOL (Students' Cloud Observations On-Line) Project
A project for all grades providing ground truth measurements to assist in the validation of the CERES instruments in climate related studies. Compare the surface- and space-based observations to learn more about clouds and climate. Download data from across the globe, or sign up your class to participate and submit your own data. Teacher resources include presentations, lessons, and downloadable posters and charts. Available in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Thai, and Chinese.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

Sea Level Trends
This lesson is designed as an introductory activity exploring one facet of global climate change sea level change. Students will access real scientific data to investigate and compare long-term changes in sea level from different coastal locations around the United States.
Grade Level: Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division

NOAA Paleoclimatology: Education & Outreach
How do scientists gather data to determine whether global temperatures are warming? Past climatic conditions are recorded in tree rings, skeletons of tropical coral reefs, ice cores from glaciers and ice caps, and laminated sediments from lakes and oceans. Site provides an in-depth look at topics significant to climate change. Resources include slide sets, external links, a Climate TimeLine Information Tool, and a page in Spanish.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school

National Severe Storms Laboratory's Severe Weather 101
This education website from NOAA has: facts on tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning and thunderstorms; lessons on weather symbols, maps and systems; an extensive list of weather and climate resources for teachers; information on careers in weather; and a list of weather links including weather data. Additionally, the site includes all the latest meteorological research including tornadogenesis and lightning.
Grade Level: High school

Bridge DATA - Sea Level Trends
This lesson is designed as an introductory activity exploring one facet of global climate change. Students will access real scientific data to investigate and compare long-term changes in sea level from different coastal locations around the United States.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school


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